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Cruz to GOP: 'Don't blink' in 'Obamacare' fight
NBC News ^ | Aug 20, 2013 | By Kasie Hunt, Political Reporter, NBC News

Posted on 08/20/2013 10:55:55 PM PDT by Jim Robinson

DALLAS -- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's message to Republican lawmakers who won't support defunding "Obamacare" at the risk of shutting down the government? "Don't blink." And he downplayed the effects of a possible shutdown, telling a Dallas crowd on Tuesday evening that the last time the government experienced "a temporary suspension of non-essential federal government spending," the military kept functioning and Social Security checks were distributed.

Cruz is leading the charge to defund President Barack Obama's health care law at what he calls "the single best time" to get rid of the law. And while Democrats who back the law certainly aren't on his side, Cruz has framed the fight so that they're not his only foes.

"We have to do something that conservatives haven't done in a long time: We've got to stand up and win the argument," Cruz told the crowd of thousands who gathered at the town hall style meeting.

Cruz said that if enough Republicans stand together, it will create an impasse to force the issue.

"A significant amount of Republicans assume, with an impasse, that President Obama will never ever ever give up his principles, so Republicans have to give up theirs," Cruz said. "If you have an impasse, you know -- one side or the other has to blink. How do we win this fight? Don't blink."

(Excerpt) Read more at firstread.nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: cruz; defund; obamacare; teapartyrebellion

1 posted on 08/20/2013 10:55:55 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

God Bless Ted Cruz.


2 posted on 08/20/2013 10:57:30 PM PDT by South40
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To: onyx; trisham; TheOldLady; DJ MacWoW; RedMDer; musicman; Lady Jag; Alamo-Girl; bd476; The Cajun; ...

Go, Cruz, GO!! Defund CommieCare!!


3 posted on 08/20/2013 10:57:57 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

IMHO this is Ted Cruz’s defining moment... an opportunity make his name based on this fight. Judging from his behavior, he has fully grasped this.

How refreshing it is to see a principled Reaganite conservative like Sen Cruz display REAL leadership skill and political astuteness- this guy is going places


4 posted on 08/20/2013 11:03:17 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: South40

Cruz 2016!


5 posted on 08/20/2013 11:13:28 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Reaganite Republican
"this guy is going places"

I would sure like to think so,....However,, my cynical side tells me that there is a massive financial power structure in place that will crush any attempt at repealing the new obamacare/tax, they want it bad, not only will it enslave every person but it will also solve the social security problem

6 posted on 08/20/2013 11:13:36 PM PDT by KTM rider ( Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb)
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To: Reaganite Republican

The question is will Speaker Boehner try to sabotage Cruz’s attempt to fight this?


7 posted on 08/20/2013 11:14:18 PM PDT by Cold Case Posse Supporter
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To: Jim Robinson

I just saw a commercial for Obamacare I am pissed. I went and looked at these calculators that tell you how much of a subsidy you will get towards your premiums. I will not get any subsidy. Looks like if you are single and make 50K you will get nothing. If you are married with no kids you get nothing if you make 63K a year. This was for Oregon I can imagine what California’s is this is where I live.
We have insurance right now but who knows what will happen
in 2014. FUBO


8 posted on 08/20/2013 11:16:28 PM PDT by funfan
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To: Jim Robinson

Ted, If a mysterious looking G-man ends up at your office with a briefcase of money (or gift cards) telling you to “sit this one out” for Obamacare please report it to the public or even better yet set up some hidden cameras and mics and get him to admit he’s from the administration. The money in that suitcase is tmost likely taxpayer funds being misapropriated...nothing is too far-fetched or sinister for this administration: )


9 posted on 08/20/2013 11:19:32 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

Everyone knows the primary hidden goal of Obiecare is to integrate and establish a massive data collection system on every citizen to really tighten the reigns down and siphon funds from citizens in ways our ancestors never would have imagined.


10 posted on 08/20/2013 11:27:43 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: funfan

Haven’t you been listening? We have to wait until its fully implemented to see EVERYONE’s premiums come down. That should happen in 2016. /s


11 posted on 08/20/2013 11:30:55 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (When you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil.)
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To: Jim Robinson

We’re past blinking Cruz, the RINO’s are grasping their ankles.


12 posted on 08/20/2013 11:45:22 PM PDT by MaxMax (If you're not pissed off, you're not paying attention)
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To: VerySadAmerican
Hannity had a Libtard on the show tonight explaining that costs will now go up
before they go down. Hannity finally had the balls to call him a Liar, but I still don't trust him.
13 posted on 08/20/2013 11:48:54 PM PDT by MaxMax (If you're not pissed off, you're not paying attention)
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To: Jim Robinson
America's enemies rightly fear but are awed by Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Chris Hayes, a communist commentator on MSLSD, had this to say tonight about our outstanding Christian, Conservative Senator:

In October 2007, I sat in the media gallery of the United States Supreme Court and watched the Solicitor General of Texas [Ted Cruz] argue on behalf of the state that he should have the ability to put to death a Mexican national who had been convicted of raping and murdering two teenage girls in Houston. He won that argument and he was executed by Texas on August 5th, 2008, despite the objections of the United Nations and the International Court of Justice. At the time, I had no idea who this man arguing on behalf of Texas was. but all I could think was holy c**p, this guy is good. It was one of his nine times arguing before the Supreme Court and he was witty, incredibly fast on his feet and clearly had a brilliant legal mind. It is to this day one of the most impressive displays I have ever seen before the Court and I have had the good fortune to spend a lot of time there.

14 posted on 08/21/2013 12:12:19 AM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: Jim Robinson

My attitude toward “non-essential” government functions is simple. If they are non-essential, it shouldn’t be doing them anyway, and the Government can function fine without.


15 posted on 08/21/2013 12:18:32 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: jsanders2001
Ted, If a mysterious looking G-man ends up at your office with a briefcase of money (or gift cards) telling you to “sit this one out” for Obamacare please report it to the public or even better yet set up some hidden cameras and mics and get him to admit he’s from the administration.

By all means, have your own video and audio--because you know d@mned well they'll have theirs.

16 posted on 08/21/2013 12:20:07 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: MaxMax

Hannity’s heart is is the right place, conservatism. Problem is his is not the sharpest knife in the drawer.


17 posted on 08/21/2013 12:48:31 AM PDT by entropy12 (With no fear of re-election, Obama is becoming more radical left..thanks a lot all you who abstained)
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To: Jim Robinson

I guess Ted Cruz doesn’t realize the GOP is on the other side.


18 posted on 08/21/2013 12:52:38 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t think the GOP is on the other side. They’re being extorted. I suspect Sen. Cruz knows this.


19 posted on 08/21/2013 1:04:02 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITIZEN: BORN IN THE USA OFCITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: VerySadAmerican

Yeah right. I am worried. Just because you make a certain amount of money that does not mean you have unlimited disposable funds. What happens if you don’t have money to pay for the insurance premiums or the stupid fine for that matter. I hat O and his supporters and anyone who voted for this piece of crap. Every since that bastard got elected I have been in a worried frame of mind and it just gets worse day by day year by year.


20 posted on 08/21/2013 1:09:46 AM PDT by funfan
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To: SatinDoll

I don’t think they need to be extorted. I don’t see any evidence they have any fundamental problems with Obamacare/Romneycare.


21 posted on 08/21/2013 1:27:24 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Jim Robinson

The gop faction of the uniparty won’t blink. They’ll go ahead and make sure owebamacare is implemented on schedule. They’re just as anxious to implement it as the ‘rat faction is.

I’d dearly love to be proven wrong.


22 posted on 08/21/2013 2:07:26 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: Jim Robinson

Why the hell doesn’t Cruz get the word out that under the HEALTH care law,Bureaucrats can show up at your home and demand to come in to inspect it,BECAUSE you may be a smoker,have a weapon,homeschool your children,are a VETERAN! What a FREAKIN OUTRAGE! If this does not get people outraged,we better check our basements for the green pods from Invasion of the Body Snatchers,Don’t go to sleep unless you go check the basement!


23 posted on 08/21/2013 3:33:17 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: Jim Robinson

Democrats are Law-Less because Republicans are Ball-Less.....Please Ted, STAND FIRM, I PRAY FOR YOU!!!!


24 posted on 08/21/2013 3:36:34 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Yes! Defund now then repeal.
Go Cruz!


25 posted on 08/21/2013 4:10:25 AM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: Jim Robinson

No quarter and no mercy... defund, defang and destroy ocommiecare!


26 posted on 08/21/2013 4:14:30 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Don’t blink?! Are you kidding me Senator? These GOP pansies have already wet their pants and the fight hasn’t even strated.


27 posted on 08/21/2013 4:24:14 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Blink? How can they blink when they are unconscious?


28 posted on 08/21/2013 4:43:38 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Cold Case Posse Supporter

I think he’ll try to block Cruz how he can, without being too obvious about it- unless you believe the theories that Obama has something on Boehner and thus controls and/or blackmails him

Though farfetched, it’s hard otherwise to understand the behavior of this House Speaker... so maybe he’d actually be OK with somebody else doing what he -Boehner- should have been doing


29 posted on 08/21/2013 5:29:35 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: KTM rider

That WOULD be the other most likely possible outcome, alas


30 posted on 08/21/2013 5:30:27 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: South40

I don’t know if this is the “single best time” but it sure is “ABOUT TIME” that they defund this thing.


31 posted on 08/21/2013 5:30:51 AM PDT by Alex in chains
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To: Alex in chains

Defund it immediately and stop wasting more tax payer’s money. Time for the repubs to get off their dead behinds and get something done for a change. DO IT NOW!


32 posted on 08/21/2013 5:56:47 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Smokin' Joe

Well i do have a theory about why 0 has gotten so many R’s to turn D (RINO) and it has to do with promises, payoffs, or threats.


33 posted on 08/21/2013 5:57:13 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Reaganite Republican

My guess, if Boehner is being blackmailed, is that it has something to do with his pot smoking daughter married to the rasta dude. just sayin.


34 posted on 08/21/2013 6:01:10 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: penelopesire

If Boehner is being blackmailed for whatever reason, he should immediately resign his seat and go back to private life.

A situation like this could/would have bearing on what he does in Congress.


35 posted on 08/21/2013 6:44:36 AM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: Jim Robinson

Why, oh why, was I not born in Texas?


36 posted on 08/21/2013 6:48:24 AM PDT by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: basil

Of course he should! So should anyone else in same boat, but alas it appears they like their power and taxpayer funded perks more than they love this country..(that is if true of course).


37 posted on 08/21/2013 7:08:18 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: Jim Robinson; All
Go, Cruz, GO!! Defund CommieCare!!
BUMPIN' Dat!
38 posted on 08/21/2013 9:41:13 AM PDT by Syncro ("So?" - -Andrew Breitbart --The King of All Media RIP Feb 1, 1969 – Mar 1, 2012)
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To: basil
I'm thinking that all GOP-e Republicans in the House and Senate are cowering under knowledge that the dems have something “on” them.

The whole system is corrupt!

Oh and as an aside my friend, if I had a bigger more comfortable Harley I would head to DC for the counter protest to the Islamic Muslim Million Terrorist march in Sept and have you hop on! (we wouldn't tell the grandkids etc... : > )

39 posted on 08/21/2013 9:46:32 AM PDT by Syncro ("So?" - -Andrew Breitbart --The King of All Media RIP Feb 1, 1969 – Mar 1, 2012)
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To: Syncro

Get a bigger bike! I’m ready!


40 posted on 08/21/2013 11:23:15 AM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Anybody who makes McCain mad has to be doing something right!


41 posted on 08/21/2013 11:31:31 AM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: basil

May be possible.

I had 8 raffle tickets to win one last Sat, but some chick from SF won it.

I would have been good to go!

For sure if I can get it working, I will come by and pick you up!


42 posted on 08/21/2013 11:34:38 AM PDT by Syncro ("So?" - -Andrew Breitbart --The King of All Media RIP Feb 1, 1969 – Mar 1, 2012)
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To: Jim Robinson
I received an email from John Boehner today asking for money for the NRCC. I emailed him back to make sure he got the following message:

Dear Mr. Boehner:

I received an email from you today requesting a contribution from me for the NRCC.

Neither you nor your organization will receive a penny from me, unless you lead the charge for the House to successfully vote in favor of defunding Obamacare.

The time to tackle this problem is now. If it doesn’t get done now, I fear it never will be.

I expect courage, conviction, and character from our representatives, and this is the ultimate test to see if you really have these attributes.

Extremely Concerned Citizen,

43 posted on 08/21/2013 3:00:52 PM PDT by diamond6 (Behold this Heart which has so loved men!" Jesus to St. Margaret Mary)
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To: funfan

I agree with everything you said. I despise anyone who voted for him and if I find out someone voted for him and still love him I will cut them off. See my tag line.


44 posted on 08/21/2013 3:12:26 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (When you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Buuuuump!


45 posted on 08/21/2013 8:33:05 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Jim Robinson

Blink, and you’re dead.

(Not that anybody would mistake Obama for an angel, weeping or otherwise.)


46 posted on 08/22/2013 8:55:53 AM PDT by shego
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